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Your dinner plans just got a little bit juicier with this air fryer flank steak recipe! Enjoy a tender flank steak in the air fryer with an easy-to-prepare marinade.

Tender and juicy air fryer flank steak with sauce

Ditch your grill and cook up a mouth-watering flank steak in your air fryer! Instead of worrying about under (or over) cooked meat, simply marinate your flank steak, set it up in your air fryer, and let your favorite kitchen appliance work its magic.

This air fryer steak cooks to perfection every time. You’ll want to marinate the meat for at least 4 hours in order to get the juices flowing and add the flavor you’re after.

Then, simply cook each side for about 5 minutes and you’re done!

Enjoy a satisfying steak meal any time of year with your air fryer. This recipe will cook your meat to a perfect medium rare, which will please any true steak lover.

Grab your apron and let’s hit the kitchen!

flank steak made in the air fryer

Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post: 

  • What ingredients you’ll need to make a flavorful marinade for your air fryer steak
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to marinate your steak and how to cook it to perfection
  • Answers to common questions about how to cook flank steak in the air fryer

When you finish following this recipe, you’ll know how to make a flank steak with your air fryer. This meal will impress the steak lovers in your life so much that you’ll have a hard time going back to the grill!

I made this recipe using the 5.8 QT Cosori Air Fryer. Its square basket makes it the perfect size for our family of 4.

all ingredients for the air fryer flank steak

How to make Air Fryer Flank Steak

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Using a knife, score the steak on both sides in a criss-cross pattern. Season both sides with salt and black pepper. Next, whisk together the marinade ingredients. Pour the mixture over the steak in a plastic zipper bag. Massage the marinade into the meat and refrigerate for 4-8 hours.

I recommend marinating it overnight if you can.

score the raw steak in a crisscross pattern
marinate the flank steak before cooking in air fryer

STEP TWO: Once marinated, remove the meat from the bag and pat it dry with paper towels. Let it rest for 30 minutes. Pour the excess marinade into a saucepan and set it aside. 

STEP THREE: Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F. Spray the basket lightly with oil and place the meat inside. Cook each side for 5-7 minutes, flipping once. For a medium rare steak, cook each side for 5 minutes.

flank steak cooking in the air fryer

STEP FOUR: Remove the steak and allow it to rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes. When it’s ready, slice it thinly against the grain. 

making the marinade for the air fryer flank steak

STEP FIVE: While the meat rests you can make the sauce. Whisk beef broth into the excess marinade and bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce thickens. Stir in butter, taste, and season if needed!

flank steak cooked and prepared in air fryer

What Should Flank Steak Be Cooked To?

The ideal temperature for flank steak is medium rare. Cook the meat until a food-safe thermometer reads 130 degrees F. Then, wrap the steak in tin foil. The temperature will continue to rise as it rests, resulting in a perfect 135 degrees F.

If you wish for your air fryer flank steak to be more done, follow this temperature guide:

  • Medium: 140-145 degrees F
  • Medium Well: 145-150 degrees F
  • Well: 155-160 degrees F
flank steak cooked in air fryer

How Should Flank Steak be Cooked?

It’s important that you don’t overcook your flank steak. Since it is less fatty than other cuts, it can easily become tough and chewy. Start with an air fryer that has been preheated to 400 degrees F and cook to medium rare for best results.

Scoring and marinating flank steak for 4-8 hours before you cook it can also help keep it tender!

air fryer flank steak on a cutting board

How to Cook Frozen Flank Steak in the Air Fryer

This is not recommended because it’s more difficult to get a medium rare steak from a frozen steak. That said, you’ll get the best results by marinating it first either way.

  1. Place your scored flank steak in a zipped bag with your choice of marinade.
  2. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours. 
  3. Remove the steak and pat it dry.
  4. Discard the marinade, then place the steak back in the bag and freeze. 
  5. Cook according to the directions, but increase the time to 10-15 on each side, flipping once. 
flank steak cooked in air fryer with sauce

How to Reheat Flank Steak in the Air Fryer 

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Put the steak in the basket, and check it every 2 minutes with a food-safe thermometer until the internal temperature reaches about 130 degrees F.  

Note: The total time you’ll have to reheat your air fryer flank steak depends on the thickness of the meat. 

Learn more about how to reheat steak in the air fryer here.

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Air Fryer Weight Watcher Points per serving: 12

Yield: 6 servings

Air Fryer Flank Steak

Tender and juicy air fryer flank steak with sauce

How to make a deliciously juicy flank steak in the air fryer using a simple marinade. Top it with a 2-ingredient sauce for maximum flavor!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinate Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds flank steak
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary

Sauce:

  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Using a knife, score the steak on both sides with shallow cuts across the grain in a criss-cross pattern. Season both sides with salt and black pepper.
  2. In a 2-cup measuring cup, whisk together the red wine, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, Dijon, and rosemary. Pour the mixture into a plastic zipper bag, then place the steak in the bag and massage the marinade into the meat. Refrigerate for 4-8 hours.  
  3. Remove the steak from the bag and place it on a cutting board, then pour the marinade in a saucepan and set it aside.
  4. Pat the steak dry with paper towels. Let it rest and come to room temperature for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F. Place the steak inside, and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side, flipping once. (5 mins each side for 130 degrees/med-rare)
  6. Remove the steak and allow it to rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes, then slice thinly against the grain.
  7. While the steak rests, make the sauce (optional). Add beef broth to the saucepan with the marinade. Bring it to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce thickens. Stir in the butter, taste, and season if necessary.

Notes

How to Cook Frozen Flank Steak in the Air Fryer:

  1. Prepare the recipe through step 3, discarding the marinade, patting the steak dry, and placing the steak back in the zipper bag. Freeze it until ready to cook.
  2. When ready to cook, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F. Spray the fryer basket with cooking spray, place the steak inside, and cook for 10-15 minutes on each side, flipping once, until the thickest part of the meat reads 130-165 degrees F (based on your desired doneness) on a meat thermometer. 
  3. Remove the steak and allow it to rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes, then slice thinly against the grain.


How to Reheat Flank Steak in the Air Fryer:

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F. Spray the fryer basket with cooking spray, place the steak inside, and cook for 5-7 minutes until warmed through.
  2. Remove the steak and allow it to rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes, then slice thinly against the grain.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 409Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 130mgSodium: 397mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 43g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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